Allegheny County Health Department receives grant to tackle lead issues, creates Lead Task Force

Allegheny County Health Department receives grant to tackle lead issues, creates Lead Task Force

The Allegheny County Health Department announced Wednesday that it has received a $300,000 grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation to support the expansion of the department’s lead activities. 

The grant is expected to provide the support needed to inform, prevent, screen and monitor the risks of lead found in homes across the county. The funds will go towards examining and updating the current housing-based lead program and associated policies to ensure it is following the best evidence-based practices for lead poisoning prevention, surveillance and intervention, according to a statement by the ACHD.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh announces lead water filter plan, Allegheny County Controller Wagner to monitor county's assessment of lead levels in children

Pittsburgh announces lead water filter plan, Allegheny County Controller Wagner to monitor county's assessment of lead levels in children

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, his administration, and the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority announced their plans Monday for distributing water filters as part of their Safe Water Program to combat lead. 

According to the plan, initial priority will be given to those with small children and those with homes affected by partial lead line replacements, but all city residents are eligible to receive them, including residents of the Borough of Millvale, which is serviced by PWSA. 

Monday, April 24, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Health Board considers mandatory lead testing of young children

Allegheny County Health Board considers mandatory lead testing of young children

The Allegheny County Board of Health met Wednesday to consider a proposal that would require lead testing for young children. 

According to the proposed measure, children between the ages of nine and 12 months and again at two years old, would be required to undergo blood testing to detect if lead is present in their system.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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